G.L.Piggy [at] gmail.com
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I can’t shake the thought that if the nation were in the midst of a large scale wind or solar energy generation construction phase that hit pieces like the one up at the New York Times and parroted by Jezebel wouldn’t be written. A deep criticism of the men working the oil fields in North Dakota stems from a deep criticism of the reason they’re doing the work in the first place. Of course, wind and solar construction projects wouldn’t be tied to a solitary geographic area.
Rough work brings in lots of men. But the fruits of that rough labor benefit local workers and the rest of the country. There was a story – also a NYT hit piece deriding the industry for diverting young people away from college – recently about a female cashier at a convenience store who was making $24 an hour. Strippers have also flocked to the region to earn some dough. Whether or not the word “hooker” originated from the platoon of prostitutes who tailed the infantry of General Joseph Hooker, this tale is as old as time. Drastic changes in sex ratio shock the system of sexual exchange. Supply and demand fall out of whack. Some bad things occur. Some people make money. Commodities and goods consumed by the rest of the country are produced.